Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Passing the blame

The fall-out from the Rocky saga continues, with claim and counter-claim being made by both the player and the club.

For what it's worth, I think it boils down to this:

Liverpool offer big money, which at the very least causes the club to pause and think.

Liverpool speak to Rocky's agent and tell him what he could be earning.

Agent speaks to Rocky.

Rocky speaks to Pardew and asks to renegotiate contract he signed in October (presumably asking for comparable amount to that Liverpool are now offering him).

Club decide to take the money and stick Rocky on Jabba's helicopter.

Rocky flies off and signs for Liverpool.

If he didn't want to go, he needn't have signed the contract at Liverpool. Equally, if we weren't tempted by the cash, we should have just told Liverpool to get stuffed and the player to honour his contract.

However, if he really did try and renegotiate a contract he only signed three months ago, it makes him look a bit greedy (even if that's what Liverpool told his agent they'd pay him).

Nevertheless, as I said earlier, provided we stay up, and provided the cash is used to bring in more players, then it isn't the worst deal in the world. How many of us honestly think he's worth £35 million (which to put it in context makes him the seventh most expensive player of all time)?

All the claim and counter-claim crap doesn't change the fact he's now at Liverpool and our number nine shirt is empty. It's all about a win tomorrow night more than anything else. It's still our club, and regardless of who is wearing the shirts, they are the ones that matter.

Rocky is gone and no amount of childish bickering about who is responsible is going to change things.

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Blogger Michael said...

I think that's about as accurate a view of the situation as I've read anywhere. Neither side comes out of it with any great credit. You can understand why Ashley took the cash. What's more difficult to forgive is the lack of any planning beforehand. Even with Carroll, it was clear we needed another forward, if only to cover for injury.

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